Children with Disabilities

A disability includes a physical impairment such as mobility, hearing, visual, and language difficulties, and developmental delays which affect a person’s behaviour, emotional expression, and learning abilities. It includes mild to severe disabilities, from cerebral palsy, paralysis and amputation, to blindness, deafness, autism, and dyslexia. Children may be born with an impairment, or develop one as a result of disease, abuse, or an injury, e.g. many children are the victims of shootings, bombings, and explosions in conflict affected areas. 

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Changing the Way We Care,

This document presents a set of minimum standards of care, which it is recommended that residential care facilities (RCFs) strive to adopt, particularly those RCFs engaged with or receiving support from CRS. The standards are designed to be applicable to a variety of residential care settings and are recommended to be used to promote care practices and approaches that contribute to positive child well-being.

Changing the Way We Care,

This Toolkit for Disability Inclusion in Care Reform represents a collection of work developed from the experience of many practitioners and organizations. The aim of this toolkit is to increase the capacity and confidence of those working in children’s care, child protection and family strengthening to mainstream disability through every step, utilizing improvements to systems, practices, skills and attitudes. We envision family care for all children and the use of residential care only as a last resort when absolutely necessary and appropriate. The toolkit reinforces the importance of placing family care for children with disabilities at the top of any care reform agenda.

Nuria Fuentes- Peláez, Carme Montserrat, Rosa Sitjes- Figueras, Gemma Crous,

This study aims to advance the understanding of children with special needs in foster care by identifying the characteristics, processes, and outcomes of their placement. The study uses a quantitative approach to identify 190 children with special needs (registered) from among 2,157 foster children in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, Spain and examines key data covering 2008 to 2018. The results show that children with special needs are overrepresented in placements with single-parent foster carers (mainly women), raising questions about the extent to which the care system takes the complexity of special needs into account.

Changing the Way We Care,

This is a presentation for a half-day workshop on participation and self-advocacy approaches for working with children with disabilities and their families; includes slides, facilitation notes and a sample list of country-specific disability rights.

Changing the Way We Care,

This guidance specifically refers to mapping of services as the process of locating and sharing information to a wide range of people about available services to support children with disabilities and their families.

Changing the Way We Care,

The terminology and tips that follow may help as you use the Toolkit for Disability Inclusion in Care Reform and apply its principles to your program activities. It is recommended that you become familiar with these terms before reading the rest of the content and revisit as needed. Please keep in mind that disability is an evolving concept. Language that is preferred in one context may be different in another. Ask local organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) for the preferred terms in your language and country text.

Changing the Way We Care,

In this document, the awareness raising and advocacy is on behalf of or to benefit children with disabilities—many of whom may struggle to communicate because of their disability or whose voices are not heard—and because adults, systems and services often do not consider the opinions of children and children with disabilities are often left behind in changing or improving systems of care.

Changing the Way We Care,

This facilitator’s guide accompanies the workshop slides by the same title, 'Introduction to the Identification of Developmental Delay and Disability' as part of the Toolkit for Disability Inclusion in Care Reform. It is designed to be used by the person providing the workshop.

Changing the Way We Care,

This facilitator’s guide accompanies the workshop slides by the same title, Understanding Disability. It is designed to be used by the person providing the workshop, often called “the facilitator” or “the trainer”. It is suggested that participants familiarize themselves with other resources in the Toolkit for Disability Inclusion in Care Reform as a foundation for this workshop. Each session section of this guide provides the facilitator with a script; however it should not be read verbatim but rather adjusted to the facilitator’s own style. Scripts will appear in italic font. The section description includes content for lecture with accompanying slides, suggested handouts, and exercises.

Changing the Way We Care,

These slides were designed by disability and care reform practitioners and consultants for CTWWC with an aim to build the capacity and confidence of those working in family strengthening and children’s care for work with children with disabilities and their families. These slides are designed to be used by the person providing the workshop, often called “the facilitator” or “the trainer”.